Virginia "Ginny" M. Kangas

August 31, 1933November 12, 2018

Virginia M. ‘Ginny’ Kangas, 85, of Harwich passed away peacefully in her sleep after a brief illness on November 12, 2018. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, November 16th at Holy Trinity Church, 246 Main Street Harwich. Visitation will be at Doane Beal & Ames, 260 Main Street Harwich on Thursday, November 15th from 4-6 pm. Virginia Kangas was born in Boston, Massachusetts on August 31, 1933. She graduated from Girls Latin School in Boston and received her BS degree in Math from UMass Amherst. Upon graduation, she became one of the first women to work for IBM. She married Walter Kangas and became an officer’s wife and mother of four. When her children were older, she went back to school to get her teaching degree and taught middle school math for ten years before moving to Cape Cod. After moving to the Cape, she became a realtor, a career she proudly maintained until this past summer. Ginny is survived by her children, Matthew and Karen Kangas of Virginia, Mark and Karen Kangas of Brewster, Jennifer Kangas of Harwich and Michael Kangas of New York;. her grandchildren, the lights of her life: Sara Kangas Schutt and Kevin Schutt, Zachary Kangas, Marsha Kangas, Monica Kangas and Billy Kangas; her dear cousins Martha, Patricia and Gayle; and her beloved dog Abbey. Ginny was more than diplomas and titles. She was a high achiever, a dreamer and hard worker. In 7th grade she represented Massachusetts at the National Convention for Junior Achievement. She majored in math because women were not allowed to become engineers. She loved working at Chatham Bars Inn during her college summers and made Cape Cod her retirement destination. Ginny approached every aspect of her life with vigor. When she became a mother, she learned how to sew suits and costumes for her children. She baked and decorated cakes for themed birthdays, and later used those skills to make doll cakes for her grandchildren. She was a den mother, church choral director and strong supporter of all her children’s athletic and musical endeavors. She was President of the Officer’s Wives club and became “Officer’s Wife of the Year” in 1968. As her children became adults she pursued two more careers: teaching and real estate. She loved her middle school students, especially those who needed a little extra help. Her favorite part of being a realtor was finding a young couple their first home. Ginny was loving, energetic and generous. Family first, but she was extremely community oriented. She was passionate about the Rotary Club and the Chatham A’s. She started hosting players in 1991 and was a board member for over 25 years, including a stint as President. She attended Rotary meetings every Wednesday and had a strong sense of responsibility for raising funds for Student of the Month and scholarships. As an Air Force wife she travelled the world with her young family. As a retiree she traveled the world with her daughter: She has been to every continent and ocean: Antarctica, Australia, Africa – the Arctic and the Baltic – she has climbed under the pyramids in Egypt and atop the Acropolis in Athens. She walked the Stations of the Cross in Jerusalem and played with penguins at the Falkland Islands. She made numerous trips to Disney with her grandchildren. But her favorite place was Cape Cod. This summer she boated on Pleasant Bay and watched her Chatham A’s make it to the Cape League Championship. She went to concerts and plays and had brunch with many neighbors and friends. On October 27th she happily danced at her granddaughter’s wedding surrounded by all her family, none of us the wiser of the coming sadness. She was loving and beloved and will be missed by so many. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to The Rotary Club of Chatham Foundation, P.O Box 436, Chatham, MA 02633. For online condolences, please visit .


  • Matthew Kangas, Son
  • Mark Kangas, Son
  • Jennifer Kangas, Daughter
  • Michael Kangas, Son


  • Visitation Thursday, November 15, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Friday, November 16, 2018

Virginia "Ginny" M. Kangas

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Diane Jones

January 23, 2019

To Ginny's family---I knew your Mom through driving for Nauset Neighbors. She was one of my "regulars" and most favorite clients. I only just found out through NN that your Mom had passed away in November; somehow I missed her obituary. So sorry for all of you. She was so full of energy and stories. I loved driving her to her water aerobics at the Woodlands. I often heard about family activities and travel plans. My schedule changed and I was unable to drive her for a number of months, but I so looked forward to comparing notes about her river cruise with the one my husband and I went on in September. I trust she and daughter Jennifer had a wonderful trip.

I miss seeing and chatting with Ginny. I trust your faith and family will continue to comfort you in your loss.

Diane Jones

Linda Arthur

November 23, 2018

Jen, I was so sorry to hear , only yesterday , of the sad news . Thoughts go out to you and your family . You both did so much traveling together , she was so lucky to have such a caring daughter . Love and hugs, Linda

Richard (Dick) Sirgel

November 19, 2018

Dear Jennifer
May Ginny’s rebirth with God bring
you comfort. She has left an imprint on your heart which will always allow her to be present with you.
Iona, who demised earlier this year, and I both enjoyed her presence as a neighbor and through her efforts in seeking our property in her neighborhood. Family of Man Love
Richard and Memory of Iona Siegel

Ron & Shirley Kangas

November 19, 2018

Jen: I know how close you were to your mom and want to express our condolences to you as well as your brothers. It will be a tough holiday season for you but know you are a strong person and will do well. Give our best to your brothers.

Connie L. Pina

November 17, 2018

Dear Jennifer,

My condolences to you and your siblings. I remember you telling of things you were doing with your mother and the many wonderful trips you took together.

Hold close with your family and friends during this time of grief.

Connie Pina